There’s been a real negative stigma around tourists for decades now. The binoculars, the guidebooks, the constant pictures and questions, etc, etc. And as annoying as that can be at times, that doesn’t mean you should avoid being a tourist yourself. It can still be fun!
And what better place to act like a stereotypical tourist than the greatest city in the world: New York City. It’s constantly packed with tourists anyway, so why not join ‘em?! And if you do, here are the best tourist attractions in the great city of New York.
WALK THE BROOKLYN BRIDGE
Aside from the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, this might be the most famous bridge in America. And with the long wooden path, it really is a beautiful experience. Going from Manhattan to Brooklyn is probably the best way to do it, too, as there’s nothing quite like entering the energy and experience that is Brooklyn.
HIT SOME ICONIC FOOD SPOTS
There are literally hundreds of famous food spots in New York. So hit as many as you can! From pizza to pastrami to Chinese food to doughnuts. New York has it all. And they all off “the best [fill in the blank] in the city.”
GO TO THE TOP OF THE EMPIRE STATE BUILDING
This one can definitely be a little tough. Sometimes the lines are unbearably long. But once you get up there… oh boy, is it worth it. You can see the entire city in every direction. And the fact that you’re looking at it from the top of the most iconic building in the city… nothing beats it.
SPEND AN AFTERNOON AT CONEY ISLAND
If you really want to know what it felt like to grow up in New York, visit Coney Island during the summer. You can almost taste the nostalgia. Be sure to catch a ride on the Ferris wheel and grab a classic Nathan’s Famous hot dog while you’re there.
EXPLORE CENTRAL PARK
What would a trip to New York be without exploring Central Park! A lot of people forget that the park is a whopping 1.3 square miles. That’s a lot of valuable real estate in a city like New York! But they put it to good use. It’s a great escape from the hustle and bustle of the city and in addition to bike rentals, carriage rides, and a carousel, there’s also a whole dang zoo in there!
CATCH A BROADWAY SHOW
For many people, the magic that is Broadway is the first thing they think of when they think “New York City.” It’s simply the best musical theater available in the country. So if you can afford it, it is definitely worth catching a show. Trust me, you’ll remember it for the rest of your life.
VISIT THE STATUE OF LIBERTY
And of course! If you really want to be a tourist in New York City, you simply must visit the Statue of Liberty!
It’s one of the most historically important structures in the country (if not the most important) and represents America as much as baseball and apple pie combined. And it truly is an artistic marvel. If you haven’t seen it up close, you really, really have to.